Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Somali wild ass


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Equus africanus somaliensis
PROFILE:

Somali wild asses grow long, dense coats during the winter to stay warm, but when spring comes, the coat is shed through a collaborative molting process. The asses stand side-by-side and nip at each other’s sides and necks, ridding themselves of the heavy coat.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Perissodactyla (odd-toed ungulate)
NATIVE TO:
east Africa
CONSERVATION STATUS:
At Serious Risk
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 40 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary or small groups during dry season, when food is scarce; large groups up to 50 members during wet season.
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